Man harasses woman for wearing a Puerto Rico shirt, saying it’s ‘un-American’

Elias Hubbard
July 11, 2018

A 62-year-old man appears to be in need of geography lessons after he allegedly accosted a woman for wearing a T-shirt with an image of the Puerto Rican flag in an IL park.

The officer in the video, whose name has not been released, has been assigned to desk duty pending the outcome of an ongoing investigation.

The video was recorded live on June 14, but has recently gone viral and has prompted the reassignment of an officer involved in the incident.

"How come you're saying something when he's going up, but when he was coming up to me you didn't do anything?"

She plans to interview all officers at the scene as well as Irizarry and said the video will be used in future training exercises by the Forest Preserves.

A then-unidenfied man, pictured, was shown harassing the woman, questioning her citizenship.

"We have worked very hard since 2010 to make the Forest Preserves of Cook County a welcoming and safe place for all", she tweeted. "You're not gonna change us, you know that?" he says, insinuating that she is an interloper.

'He failed to deescalate the situation and therefore did not ensure a citizen's safety'. I am appalled, shocked & disturbed by the officer's behavior.

Eventually, a witness calls authorities, more officers arrive and the man is questioned. "In this case, a USA citizen questions the citizenship of another U.S. citizen and American law-enforcement just sits back and watches".

Preckwinkle said she assured Nevares the officer's actions don't reflect Cook County's values. "I'm troubled by the response of the initial officer at the scene".

The disturbing confrontation last month was captured on video and posted to Facebook July 6. "The intoxicated individual involved in the incident was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct".

The exchange continued as the man got angrier and followed the woman away from the picnic area, yelling at her not to wear "that shit" in the U.S. While both pleaded to the police officer who was pacing languidly around them-with Irizarry calling for help as the angry stranger asked "Is she an American citizen"-the officer walked away".

Later she says: "Officer, I feel entirely uncomfortable, can you remove ... please officer" as the officer is seen walking away from her.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello reacted to the video on Twitter. "The United States of America is a nation that was built and thrives on diversity". We can not allow those who do not understand America's greatness to terrorize people due to their background.

Connor has been disciplined in the past for working a part-time job, and not carrying proper identification, according to Pope, who said his department opened an investigation into Connor's response the day of the incident, and that Connor was placed on desk duty June 24.

"There's a culture of bigotry & hate that's been condoned in USA, which now feels unleashed to express itself in the most ugly & aggressive ways", Gutiérrez tweeted.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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